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Ground Zero: Mali was shot in Gao, Mali, on February 21, 2013. It's basically the first legitimate combat footage to come out of the war there. Normally the French ban journalists from the frontlines and film a sanitized version of the fighting themselves and then distribute it to the media.

In this case, the insurgents came to us: they slipped into Gao overnight on small boats and used suicide bombers to blast their way into government buildings. The French left the fighting to the Malian army for most of the day as a test of their combat abilities. Malian soldiers, while very brave, are almost completely untrained and had great difficulty fighting less than a dozen jihadists, some of whom were children. They fired wild bursts of automatic fire everywhere, destroying the city center. The Malians soon ran out of ammunition and had to wait for the French to show up and save the day.

CREDITS 
Aris Roussinos — Producer/Camera
Alison Severs — Associate Producer
Anne Jolis — Field Associate Producer
Marta Velasquez — Editor
Daniel Bateman — Assistant Editor 
Eddy Moretti — Executive Producer
Shane Smith — Executive Producer
Suroosh Alvi — Executive Producer
Vida Toombs —Executive Producer (UK)
Alex Miller — Head of Content
Al Brown — Supervising Producer
Bree Horn — Production Manager
Zoey Roberts — Production Coordinator 
Elektra Kotsoni — Content Coordinator 
Mike Horlock — Post Supervisor
Ellie King — Post Coordinator
Mimi Flemming — Post Coordinator
Amy Ashworth — Music Supervisor
Joel Kitzmiller — Art Direction
Bex Rumble — Motion Graphics
Grant Armour — Equipment Manager

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